Over the past 2 months, Zach and I have been testing a daily 10 minute routine we discovered on one of our client’s podcasts, Suiting Up With Paul Rabil. Near the end of September, Paul interviewed Life and Business Strategist, Tony Robbins, on his podcast.
If you're interested, you can click here to listen to the interview.
The interview really got us thinking.
Over the past 20 years, our society has stepped up its game in promoting physical wellness. Many of you reading this may have a strict exercise routine that takes anywhere from 3-10 hours of your week.
But how much time are you spending on optimizing your mental health and performance?
If you’re like Zach and me two months ago, you're probably spending 0 hours per week optimizing your mindset.
Mindset has a tremendous impact on both controlling pain and optimizing performance. In other words, it can be the barrier that's keeping you from breaking through with your rehab program or performance levels.
For those of you unfamiliar with Tony Robbin's work, he inspires people all over the world to break through the limits keeping them from the quality of life they desire.
In order to do so, he brings incredible amounts of positive, infectious energy to each and every conference he puts on.
As he puts it, he doesn’t wake up every day with this kind of energy (he is human after all..). There are days when he wakes up and says “What country am I in… what the hell happened to my neck?”
Nonetheless, he must find a way to put himself in the right mindset to inspire others, and this simple, 10 minute routine is how he does it.
I’ve provided written instructions for the routine below, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you listen to Tony’s energetic explanation of the routine (and associated psychological advantages it provides) on the podcast.
Click here to listen to the interview. Tony's description of the 10 minute routine starts 40:15 into the interview.
The 10 Minute Routine
1) First, he makes a radical change in his body with 3 sets of 30 of breath of fire (see video demonstration here – Note that no actual fire is involved).
PS - if you're not into the "yoga" aspect of breath of fire, you can simply sit on your couch or at the kitchen table to do this activity.
2) Second, he thinks of 3 things in his life he’s grateful for. This isn’t as simple as saying “I’m grateful for the shoes under my feet, roof over my head, and food in my stomach” and being done. Tony actually spends 1 MINUTE of time not only telling himself he’s grateful for the specific things in his life, but truly taking his mind go to that place in time and feel the gratuity of the moment.
Having tried methods like gratitude journals in the past (which are effective), I can tell you this is a much more powerful way to experience and cultivate a daily mindset of gratuity.
3) Next, he does 3 minutes of a blessing and a prayer. He imagines positive, healing energy flowing into his body, asking for whatever characteristics he needs (compassion, courage, strength, etc.) for a great day.
After 2 minutes of imagining positive, healing energy flowing into his body, he takes 1 minute to send energy to others in his life (children, wife, family, friends, clients, etc.). In the interview, Tony elaborates on the psychological advantages of this activity.
4) Finally, he envisions his 3 To Thrive. He thinks of 3 results (1 minute each) he wants to achieve, taking not only the time to think about the result, but truly feel it.
So if one of your 3 goals is to land that new client, you’ll allow your mind/body to feel as if you’ve already landed that clinet.
Take 1 minute to envision, imagine, and feel the celebration associated with achieving your top goals!
10 minutes out of your day is all it takes to start seeing a SERIOUS psychological advantage. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, controlling the mind plays an important role in controlling pain and performance.
With just 2 months of persistent work, Zach and I have already realized many advantages with this routine like:
As Tony puts, it “If you don’t have 10 minutes for your life, you don’t have a life.”
Try this simple, 10 minute routine for a few days and let us know what you think!
About the Author
Evan Lewis is a nationwide leader in Neuro Therapy and founded the Baltimore area's only specialist Neuro Therapy facility.
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